International Trade

  • April 1, 2015

    Baxter, J&J Strike Deal To End Floseal Patent Fight

    Baxter International Inc. said in Illinois federal court on Wednesday it was dropping its patent infringement case against Johnson & Johnson Inc. and others over technology used in Baxter’s Floseal, used to control bleeding during surgery, following a settlement in a related U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • April 1, 2015

    Partners Who Exported Missile Material, Landmine Plead Guilty

    Two partners of a foreign export company pled guilty Wednesday to charges they violated U.S. export regulations by attempting to ship missile-making materials and a landmine from New York City to Egypt, according to federal prosecutors.

  • April 1, 2015

    Obama's Innovative Cyber Sanctions Send Strong Message

    The White House's enactment of a new sanctions program targeting digital intruders is an unprecedented move that experts see as emblematic of the administration's commitment to cybersecurity, and serves as a substantial shot across the bow to nations harboring cyber criminals.

  • April 1, 2015

    Commerce’s Land Valuation Upheld In Turkish Steel CVD Row

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday affirmed the U.S. Department of Commerce's redetermined valuation method for a piece of land the government of Turkey gifted to carbon steel pipe producer Toscelik Profil Sac Endustrisi AS.

  • April 1, 2015

    Petrobras Inks $3.5B Deal With China Development Bank

    Petrobras, Brazil's embattled oil company, on Wednesday signed a $3.5 billion facility financing agreement with China Development Bank, according to a statement from the partly state-owned company.

  • April 1, 2015

    Japan Sticks By US As 50 Countries Apply To Join China Bank

    Nearly 50 countries applied to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is backed by China and slated to finance infrastructure projects in Asia, with some traditional U.S. allies signing on despite U.S. skepticism and Japan remaining uncommitted as Tuesday's application deadline passed.

  • April 1, 2015

    ITC Says Microsoft Claims Against CBP Should Be Dropped

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday approved the U.S. International Trade Commission’s request to file an amicus brief urging the dismissal of a suit alleging U.S. Customs and Border Patrol allowed Motorola Mobility LLC to import mobile devices that infringe Microsoft Corp. patents.

  • April 1, 2015

    White House Opens Door For Cybersecurity Sanctions

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday handed down an executive order establishing a new sanctions regime that enables the administration to level harsh penalties against individuals overseas who carry out “malicious” cyberspace attacks that threaten crucial U.S. national security and economic interests.

  • March 31, 2015

    Wal-Mart Escapes Investor Suit Over Mexican Bribery Claims

    An Arkansas federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a consolidated shareholder derivative suit accusing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s board of concealing Mexican bribery claims from investors, ruling the plaintiffs failed to show the board knew about the supposed bribery or alleged efforts to torpedo a thorough investigation.

  • March 31, 2015

    ITC To Investigate Ericsson Patent Complaints Against Apple

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it will investigate whether Apple Inc. violated trade laws by importing electronics that may infringe on several Ericsson Inc. patents, as a bitter legal battle between the two tech giants continues to play out.

  • March 31, 2015

    CPPIB, Hermes Team Up For $2.4B British Ports Deal

    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Hermes Infrastructure have joined forces to pick up a minority stake in Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd. for about £1.6 billion ($2.37 billion), the companies said Tuesday.

  • March 31, 2015

    Chinese Shelving Likely Dumped In US, Commerce Says

    The Department of Commerce on Tuesday said it had preliminarily concluded that prepackaged Chinese boltless steel shelving units were likely being sold in the United States at less than fair value during the first half of 2014.

  • March 31, 2015

    Obama Ends Arms Freeze Against Egypt After 18 Months

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday lifted arms holds imposed on Egypt in October 2013 after the nation's military deposed its democratically elected president, opening the doors for delivery of F-16 aircraft, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 tank kits, in an effort to mend the United States' relationship with an ally in an unstable region.

  • March 31, 2015

    Union Boss Wants Trade To Address Mexican Labor Climate

    The president of the Communications Workers of America on Monday implored the Obama administration to address Mexico's “systematic violations” of union rights through trade talks, bashing the country’s failure to crack down on dubious collective bargaining pacts and enforcement boards.

  • March 31, 2015

    Ex-Im Bank Escapes Suits Over Aircraft Export Finance

    The U.S. Export-Import Bank on Monday escaped a trio of suits brought by Delta Air Lines Inc. and others, alleging its aircraft financing procedures had wrongly given a leg up to foreign airlines, after a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled the plaintiffs lacked standing.

  • March 31, 2015

    Syngenta Rejects Cargill, ADM Bid To Remand GMO Corn Suits

    Syngenta Corp. on Monday urged a Kansas federal judge to reject a bid by Cargill Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. to remand to state court suits over its genetically modified corn seed, arguing the alleged “international trade incident” over China’s delayed approval belongs in federal court.

  • March 31, 2015

    Sens. Sound Off On South African Poultry Tariffs

    A bipartisan group of 13 senators from poultry-producing states on Monday bemoaned the lack of progress in industry deliberations aimed at trimming South Africa's 15-year-old anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken, reiterating a threat to leave the country on the outside of a regional trade preference program.

  • March 31, 2015

    Ryan Hits Back Against Investment Arbitration 'Doomsayers'

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday mounted a strong defense of the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, blasting the system's critics as “doomsayers” attempting to thwart the U.S. trade agenda with hyperbolic arguments.

  • March 30, 2015

    Sen. Warren To Big Banks: 'Bring It On'

    Speaking to a packed house in a New York City bookstore Monday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., responded to reports that America’s unhappily-regulated financial industry was threatening to pull campaign funding from Democrats in Congress by telling the banks to “bring it on.”

  • March 30, 2015

    UK Agency Fined For Losing Sensitive Docs From BAE Case

    The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office reported Monday it fined the government’s Serious Fraud Office £180,000 (about $266,000) after the fraud office misplaced hundreds of sensitive files with personal information from a long-dead bribery and corruption investigation into a BAE Systems PLC arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

Expert Analysis

  • How The US Can Make Trade Remedies More Effective

    Terence Stewart

    The U.S. paper to the World Trade Organization last month and the recent efforts in both the House and Senate to address evasion problems are all critical steps to be taken to improve opportunities for American companies, workers and their communities. But more could be done by the administration and/or Congress, says Terence Stewart of the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart.

  • Ethics In The Tech Age: What Every Lawyer Should Consider

    J.S. “Chris” Christie Jr.

    In light of recent changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, what are a lawyer’s ethical duties arising from new technology? And what should a lawyer know about this technology? Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner J.S. “Chris” Christie Jr. offers an in-depth assessment of what every lawyer should consider in 2015.

  • China's Plan For State-Owned Enterprises Impacts FCPA Risk

    Ryan Bonistalli

    Although the details of China’s recently announced plan to restructure and consolidate its state-owned enterprises are still unknown, the prospect of any change to China’s vast SOE network raises potentially significant considerations for legal and compliance officials dealing with the definition of “foreign official” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, say Ryan Bonistalli and Alex Brackett of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Mediation And The Thorny Issue Of Settlement Authority

    Douglas H. Flaum

    Many mediation orders state that attendees must have “full settlement authority” without providing clarity as to what that term actually means. Attendance by just outside counsel or a corporate spokesperson is not enough, even if someone else with full settlement authority is just a phone call or keystroke away, say Douglas Flaum and Kevin Broughel of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Brazil Continues To Ramp Up Anti-Corruption Enforcement

    Nicholas Berg

    The recently disclosed Bilfinger bribery scandal related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with other Brazilian anti-corruption enforcement and regulatory developments, has reinforced the importance to companies doing business in Brazil of implementing effective compliance policies and procedures, say Nicholas Berg and David Rojas of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • This Week In Congress: A Few Hearings Outside Of DC

    Richard Hertling

    The statutory deadline by which Congress must pass a budget is April 15, which means the House and Senate must work quickly to iron out the differences between their two proposals when they return to Washington in two weeks. A significant issue of disagreement will be between the defense and deficit hawks over military funding, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Biomet Again Underscores FCPA Risks In Life Sciences

    Gary Giampetruzzi

    While few details have been disclosed relating to the historic extension of Biomet Inc.'s deferred prosecution agreement, its warning is clear — where prosecutors question a company’s candor, cooperation or remediation of issues, the grip of formal oversight will not be easily released, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • What Experts Can Say About Inadmissible Facts During Trial

    Jason McDonell

    For reliance material that is not admitted on the stand, consider bolstering the testimony by having the expert describe the evidence generally, but in a way that signals to the jury that the expert has a strong foundation of supporting facts and data. If done well, such testimony can open the door to admitting the evidence, say Jason McDonell and Heather Fugitt of Jones Day.

  • Some Background On Fed. Circ.'s CVD Ruling

    Neil Ellis

    The outcome in GPX International Tire Corp. v. U.S. was perhaps unsurprising, as the opposite result would have been contrary to the Federal Circuit’s long-standing disinclination to find constitutional flaws in the trade remedies statutes. It also would have led to significant uncertainty regarding the legality of eight years of countervailing duties proceedings involving nonmarket economy imports, agency determinations and tariff... (continued)

  • Unmanned But Not Unarmed: State Dept.'s New Drone Policy

    Brandon Bodnar

    While the U.S. State Department's new export policy places significant conditions on the sale or transfer of military drones, it also for the first time provides explicit guidance regarding under what circumstances the United States will approve the sale of armed drones to the U.S. allies and coalition partners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.